Struggling to find an affordable blender to fit in with your bright kitchen and specific design tastes? Looking for something that will crush ice for your nightly mojito? Want to be able to chuck things in the dishwasher and go? This blender might just be your thing: with 21 color options (availability varies*), a pre-programmed ice crush setting, and dishwasher-safe components, it’s made for the modern kitchen. Read our entire Kitchenaid Diamond Blender review to learn more:
Overall Thrive Cuisine Rating: 3.8
Ease of Blending
The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender comes with an assortment of classic blender features that may endear it to you above the competition. It has a fairly standard 0.9-peak horsepower engine, a pulse function, and dishwasher-safe components, which is a massive time-saving advantage. But these do not represent the main advantages of this model.
Perhaps the greatest feature of this blender is its design elements. It features truly excellent design – a pleasing shape, attractive interface, and whopping 21 color options (availability varies), which far exceeds anything else on the market. Most blenders come with three or four color options, at most, so the ability to choose any color from watermelon to grape and customize it to your kitchen is a brilliant step by KitchenAid. If you’re someone who wants your blender to sit front and center in your kitchen, ready for easy use, it’s important that it’s not an eyesore – and it’s even more beneficial if it fits in well with a bright and bold color scheme.
It also comes with five manual speed settings and a pre-programmed ice crush setting, so it’s easier than ever to make frozen drinks with this blender. Simply load your ice, push the button, and leave it to do all the work – then come back to finish up your beverage. Easy, simple, and time-efficient, this means that this machine is perfect for anyone who’s planning on whipping out those cocktail recipe books and trying something new - or anyone whose kids demand slushies all summer long.
Finally, this model comes with a five-year limited warranty (see manufacturer's site for full details), so you can be sure it’ll last you for at least five years.
KitchenAid is a well-established brand, with a great reputation, so they’re good at honoring those warranties too – there’s no need to worry about being stuck blender-less if something does happen.
KitchenAid has a great reputation for build quality – for almost a hundred years they’ve been producing quality kitchenware at affordable prices.
As for the design – well, KitchenAid delivers there. This model is sleek and attractive, with a smooth, solid base and clean push-button interface. It also comes in a choice of 21 different colors (may vary by retailer) – far more than any other blender that I have ever seen on the market – so it’s incredibly easy to customize it to your space. You can pick a shade of blender from almost anywhere on the rainbow.
The container fits onto the base snugly and securely, and is unlikely to wiggle around when you’re blending. The only design problem that this model runs into is the container’s height – it’s very tall, so it’s not going to fit under your kitchen cabinets. If you’re living in a small space, this may be an important consideration for you, especially if you’re keen on getting the perfect-looking blender for your space.
Unlike other blenders on the market, which have shorter containers designed to fit in a wider variety of spaces, this one is tall and ungainly and unlikely to make it easy to move around. Still, if you’re not short on space, this need not be a concern for you.
The 5-Speed Diamond Blender only has a 0.9-peak horsepower motor, which isn’t great for a countertop blender. Other machines can be found at 2- to 3-peak horsepower, which would appear to make them 3x as effective as the Diamond when it comes to blending ability.
However, it isn’t necessarily as clear-cut as this. While the Diamond definitely suffers from a weaker motor than other models, it does have two unique features to help improve its blending ability: an intelli-speed motor control that controls the speed of the blades automatically, and a soft-start feature that pulls food into the blades slowly at first, to increase the likelihood of the blades catching onto the blend.
While the Diamond is unlikely to be effective at pulverizing nuts or seeds into smooth nut butters without soaking (soaking is always an option), it does come inbuilt with an ice crush setting that would seem to indicate it’s more powerful than its 0.9-peak horsepower tag would imply. It's good enough to process most soft smoothies and prepare soups (not meant for hot liquids - so you'd have to prepare them cold and heat), so if that's all you're looking for your machine to do, the lack of strength in this machine's motor won't prove a drawback.
However, blends with lots frozen contents, little liquid, or mostly solids (such as nut butters) might be a bit more difficult.
The Diamond does not benefit from any noise-blocking technology, so it’s likely to be louder than it otherwise would be. However, given its motor strength, it’s unlikely to be as loud as a more powerful blender on the market.
The Diamond is somewhat less easy to operate than it could be. Instead of a variable speed dial, the hallmark of many higher-tier blenders, it instead comes with five buttons to control speed manually. This is by no means inefficient – it’s just pressing a button to change the speed – but it is less intuitive than a dial that allows you to select a speed from 1 to 10.
It also only comes with one pre-programmed setting – ice crush. While this is an improvement on many other models, it is less impressive than more advanced blenders on the market, which often come with three or more. Of particular help to the Diamond would be an inbuilt ‘smoothie’ cycle – given this machine’s reduced motor strength, it’s likely that users will be looking to use it for smoothies, so an inbuilt setting to help save them time would be highly advantageous for the Diamond.
The interface is very clear and self-explanatory, without a whole lot of confusing buttons and toggles that can be found on other machines. It features an on/off button, five manual speed buttons, a pulse button, and a button for the ice crush cycle.
This machine does not come with an inbuilt cleaning cycle, which may be inconvenient depending on how often you use your machine. Models that come with pre-programmed cycles benefit from you being able to switch a button and leave the blender to clean itself – instead, for the Diamond, you’ll have to do it manually.
Luckily, doing it manually is not at all difficult. The container of this machine is dishwasher-safe, so you can just pop it straight into the dishwasher after use. Alternatively, if you prefer to clean manually, just add detergent and water to the container and run the machine to clean it – it could hardly be easier.
A massive benefit to the cleaning of this model is the flat push-button interface, which is much easier to clean than an interface with toggles, switches and dials. A simple wipe suffices to clean the entire thing. In addition, the base is smooth and very easy to clean – so spills won’t set you back by long.
Since this model has a five-year warranty, it’s likely that KitchenAid will honor any failures within that time by replacing the machine. There have been a few rare user complaints on reliability, but given how popular this unit is, complaints are rare.
As you can probably tell already, the Kitchenaid Diamond is a very basic blender best for soft smoothies.
The Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender comes with many of the great features typical of higher-end products. Both models come with five-year limited warranties, dishwasher-safe components and great design, but the Hamilton Beach outstrips the Diamond in almost every other way.
With a 2.0-peak horsepower motor, variable 10-speed dial, four pre-programmed cycles including an ice crush setting and cleaning setting, a tamper, and no reports of poor durability, the Hamilton Beach seems like the better choice.
However, there are some considerations. The Diamond clearly has the nicer design while the Hamilton Beach comes in only one color.
So if you’re looking primarily at design, and want a known and reputable brand, choose the Diamond; if you’re looking to get plenty of bang for your buck in terms of blender specs, choose the Hamilton Beach.
Ninja is a brand known for producing alternatives to high-end products at lower prices; KitchenAid has been providing consumers with affordable kitchenware for decades. Both of these reputations come into play when comparing the Diamond with the Nutri Ninja Duo.
Unlike the Diamond, the Duo has a higher 2-peak horsepower and four pre-programmed settings (frozen drinks/smoothies, puree, blend, ultra blend) – similar to higher-tier models. However, the Diamond has a nicer aesthetic design, more manual speed control buttons and 20 more color options.
Given that both models are both budget friendly, the decision between the two comes down to priorities. If you’re looking for something that’s going to replicate top-tier blenders, go for the Duo; if you’re more interested in design and just need basic blending capabilities., go for the Diamond.
The Total Blender was Blendtec’s top-selling model for years. Designed as a more affordable alternative to Vitamix models, it nevertheless a much higher tier unit than the Diamond – although this upgrade coincides with much improved specs.
The Total Blender is an improvement on the Diamond in every way except visual design (but that's just our opinion). It features a 3-peak horsepower engine, variable 10-speed dial, improved container height, six pre-programmed settings (including ice crush), and a long warranty. The Diamond outstrips it both in terms of attractiveness and in color options – the Total Blender only comes in black, white, and red (availability of colors can vary**).
If you can afford it, I’d recommend the Total Blender – it’s a much more useful machine in terms of functionality and will do mostly any blending job under the sun for years to come. But if your blending needs are basic and want to create a beautifully designed color coordinated kitchen, the Kitchenaid is the way to go!
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.